DATE Saturday November 17
TIME 10:00 am > 12:00 pm
PRICE $ 35
DESCRIPTION Focus Stress, Anxiety, Melancholy
“The success of yoga does not lie in the ability to perform postures but in how it positively changes the way we live our life and our relationships.”
— TKV Desikachar
This workshop will present an experiential study of the mind based on Patanjali’s Yoga Sūtras, the leading authoritative text on yoga. It will explore the root causes and manifestations of suffering/unease (dukkha), as well as transformative tools that empower the mind to reach more bliss/ease (sukkha).
Through the practice of āsana (postures), prāṇāyāma (breath work) and dhyāna (meditation), our goal will be to:
– Lead the body from a state of debilitation (aṅgamejayatva) to more stability and comfort (sthira sukha)
– Train the breath from being irregular (śvāsapraśvāsa) to becoming long and smooth (dīrgha-sūkṣma);
– Guide the mind from negativity (daurmanasya) to pleasantness, clarity and calm (saumanasya).
On a practical level, we will work on releasing the tension in the body at the same time as we vitalize it. We will develop our breath technique and capacity, improving the quality of air exchange in the lungs and stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system, responsible for the relaxation response and decrease of the heart rate. We will practice meditative techniques aiming to increase the space in between thoughts and improve the ability to experience an internal space of well-being in the present moment.
If you feel you are under too much pressure (exerted by yourself or others), if you are dealing with difficult challenges, if you occasionally suffer from panic attacks, anger outbursts, lethargy, confusion or just exhaustion, this workshop is for you
Yalda Younes is a certified yoga teacher from the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai (500+ hours), India, where yoga is mainly taught one-on-one as per the Krishnamacharya lineage. The strength of this method is the ability of the teacher to use appropriately, safely and intelligently different tools of yoga to adapt them to each individual, rather than asking the individual to accommodate herself/himself to a fixed idea of yoga.
However that doesn’t mean that one-on-one is the only way of learning yoga. When teaching in a group setting, Yalda gives personal care and attention to every individual in the group, while at the same time fostering a sense of community and generating an environment that is supportive and comfortable.
Yalda Younes is also a contemporary flamenco dancer who has taught dance for over 2 decades hundreds of students in Lebanon and France, an experience which rewarded her with refined body awareness, sharpened observation skills and empathetic pedagogical methods.